Notable deaths in the Washington area

June 20

Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia

Robert L. Haltermann, aerospace engineer

Robert L. Haltermann, 78, an aerospace engineer who worked on scientific satellites at NASA and later did independent contractual development on the International Space Station, died June 1 at a friend’s home in Pompano Beach, Fla. He suffered a heart attack, said a son, Kurt Haltermann.

Mr. Haltermann was born in Johnson City, N.Y. He came to the Washington area in 1963 and joined the staff at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, specializing in scientific satellites. Retiring from NASA in 1984, he did aerospace contracting work until 2001. A former resident of Darnestown, Md., he moved to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in 2009.

Irene K. Melanson, program assistant

Irene K. Melanson, 88, a World Bank program assistant who retired in 1988 after 17 years of service, died June 6 at a D.C. hospice. The cause was congestive heart failure, said a friend, Olivia Boyd.

Mrs. Melanson, a District resident, was born Irene K. Panos in Reading, Pa. Before joining the World Bank, she was in the Foreign Service as an assistant to the chargé d’affaires to Nepal at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi and later was an Export-Import Bank staff member in New Delhi. In Washington, she was an assistant to the president of the Watergate developers.

Nancy L. Little, school official

Nancy L. Little, 82, a retired media resources staffer for the Montgomery County Public Schools, died June 10 at an assisted living center in Potomac. The cause was respiratory failure, said a son, Cary Ferrell.

Mrs. Little, a Rockville resident, was born Nancy Lewis in Minneapolis. She was a secretary at the Marine Corps base at Camp Pendleton, Calif., before moving to the Washington area in 1961. She worked for the Montgomery County schools from 1970 to 1994.

Emanuel Raymond Lewis, U.S. House librarian

Emanuel Raymond “Ray” Lewis, 85, who served from 1973 to 1995 as librarian of the U.S. House of Representatives, died May 14 at a hospital in Bethesda, Md. The cause was dementia, said his wife, Eleanor Lewis.

Dr. Lewis, a District resident, was born in Oakland, Calif. He taught psychology at institutions including Oregon State University before moving in the late 1960s to Washington. In remarks after Dr. Lewis’s death, Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) credited him with providing “critical historical references” to the House Judiciary Committee during its investigation of the Watergate scandal. Dr. Lewis published widely, particularly on military history, including the volume “Seacoast Fortifications of the United States.”

— From staff reports